The Rider War was the name given to the war in which Eragon fought. The war, fought between The Empire, the established government of Alagaësia, and a rebel organization called the Varden, lasted for two years. By the end of that time, both sides had suffered heavy losses.
After Eragon, a Dragon Rider, entered the conflict on the side of the Varden, the war took a dramatic turn. Both sides attempted to control the remnants of the dragon race, which had been all but exterminated during the Dragon War. Galbatorix, ruler of The Empire, sought to revive the Dragon Riders and conscribe them into his own service, and the war became a personal affair for Eragon after his friend, Murtagh, became a Rider on the side of the Empire. (more...)
- "My mind is the only sanctuary that has not been stolen from me. Men have tried to breach it before, but I've learned to defend it vigorously, for I am only safe with my innermost thoughts."
- — Murtagh
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